Includes all three novels in 'The Border Trilogy': 'All The Pretty Horses', 'The Crossing', 'Cities Of The Plain'.
'All The Pretty Horses'
John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. As his grandfather dies, and his parents succumb to their own worries, John is cut off from the only life he has ever wanted. Running off to Mexico with his pal Lacey Rawlins, and befriending a third boy, they encounter a country beyond their imaginings; rugged, yet cruelly civilised. But a place where dreams are paid for in blood.
In their search for a place that no longer exists, the boys' story is a classic adventure from the lost heart of the wild American West: an adventure that within months will leave one of them dead - the other two aged beyond any normal reckoning.
McCarthy has cut a solitary path into the violent heart of the Old West. Told in language as subtly beautiful as its desert settings, this is one of the most important pieces of American writing of our time.
This is the story of Billy Parham, 16 years old when we first encounter him and living on a ranch in Hidalgo County, New Mexico, in the years just before the Second World War. His crossing of the Mexican border - made three times - will be his rite of passage, each stage fraught with fear and pain.
'Cities of The Plain'
In a lovely and terrible landscape of natural beauty and impending loss we find John Grady; a young cowboy of the old school, trusted by men and horses, and a fragile young woman, whose salvation becomes his obsession . . .
McCarthy makes the sweeping plains a miracle, but can also elevate the patching of a worn-out tyre into something unforgettable. From the pouring of a cup of coffee to a lover's kiss, nothing goes unnoticed. This haunting, deeply felt novel completes one of the literary masterworks of the 1990s.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 02 / 2003
- 130 x 197 x 45mm